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Books from Alaska to Tonga with love

Books from Alaska to Tonga with love

Updated 15 February 2013, 14:58 AEDT

When Kato-Kakala Ha'unga heard news of the devastating tsunami that hit Tonga in September 2009, she knew she had to help the country in which she was raised. And what better way than to collect books to replace those destroyed by the water.

Four years down the track, tens of thousands of books are currently en route to Tonga, having left Kato's birthplace of Anchorage in Alaska, USA.  

They're destined to take pride of place in Tonga's first public library, the Northern Lights Library, a project she is working on with Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita, and which will be built in a hall in the Ha'apai islands where Kato was raised by her grandparents before returning to Alaska to study at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Presenter:  Heather Jarvis
Speaker:    Kato-Kakala Ha'unga, founder of the Northern Lights Library.  Kato is studying a double major in economics and arts at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she also works with the Upward Bound program.
More information on the Northern Lights Library can be found here at their website
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